Meet the adorable Cooper!
This white and tan senior pup is looking for a forever home and is currently up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
Searching for a loving place to live out his golden years, Cooper is super sweet with unconditional love to give. He is still very much active and loves going on walks, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.
With a few years under his belt, Cooper knows a few tricks. He of course knows to not use the bathroom indoors and knows to sit and shake — or “paw”. This lovable guy is ready to chill in his forever home with his forever family!
Say hello to this sweet and very huggable dog, Huggies!
This all black pup is up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and is currently in foster.
Huggies is very comfortable and confident, and also housetrained, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford. He loves playtime, exercise and is very responsive to commands.
“He does need some additional work on his leash manners,” said Shackelford. “We think he would thrive as an only pup in the home.”
Huggies loves affection and is always up for some cuddles!
Named after the Bronte siblings, Branwell and Charlotte are two sweet kittens up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
Branwell and Charlotte are two of the most happiest kittens and would make wonderful companions, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford. Branwell is a handsome black and white male kitten, and Charlotte is a beautiful gray and white female kitten.
Both kittens have been diagnosed with FeLV (feline leukemia virus), which is common in cats. FeLV cannot be cured, but those diagnosed can live a happy symptom free life with the right care!
“Their lifespan is usually shorter — the average lifespan of an FeLV+ kitten is 2-3 years, but they can live longer,” said Shackelford. “FeLV+ cats should not live with other cats who do not already have the disease, as the virus can be spread to other cats.”
These two fluff balls are happy, healthy and full of energy!
Like any other kittens they enjoy treats, especially Churus and are very playful. They love playing with feather wands and pipe cleaner toys.
If interested in talking with the adoption and veterinary teams about caring for an FeLV+ cat, please email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774. And don’t forget to read more about Branwell and Charlotte by checking out their entire profiles!
Prince is a very handsome 1-year-old pup up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
This all white pup with the black button nose is a bit shy at first, but warms up once getting to know you, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.
“As he is young, we do think he’d thrive in a home with a yard or an active individual to take him on walks, runs, or other outdoor adventures,” said Shackelford. “Prince absolutely adores toys! He can be found prancing around the shelter with a stuffed toy in his mouth.”
Prince knows to share his toys and loves to chase them!
This pup is also very smart and continued training will definitely help stimulate him mentally.
His adoption fees have been paid and Prince’s new family will receive a year’s supply of healthy, nutritious dog food, plus toys and treats thanks to Pampered Pet Boutique and Barkery!
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) has hit a record for the most adoptions in one day.
The local shelter at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue said that it hit the record with 22 animals adopted on Sunday, Aug. 20.
“We had a record-breaking day for adoptions yesterday (22 animals went home — woo hoo!)” The shelter said on social media. “Thank you to everyone who visited and added a furry friend to their family!”
We had a record-breaking day for adoptions yesterday (22 animals went home)! All of the cuties pictured have their paws crossed that today is another great day for adoptions. #alexanimals #alexandriava #alexandriacats #alexandriadogs #dogsofalexandriava #novacats #novadogs pic.twitter.com/CK3qAOCGyJ
— AWLA Alexandria (@AlexAnimals) August 20, 2023
The AWLA said there are still dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs available for adoption at the shelter, though.
“All of the cuties pictured have their paws crossed that today is another great day for adoptions, as they’re all still searching for homes,” AWLA said. “If you’ve been considering adding a dog, cat, rabbit, or Guinea pig to your heart and home, please come visit us today from noon until 5 p.m.”
The AWLA has a full list of animals available for adoption online.
The next big event for the shelter is Paws in the Park, an annual animal lovers festival at Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison Street). The event is scheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.
The AWLA has also been contending with a rise in neglected animal seizures over the last few years.
Photo via AWLA/Facebook
Ready to add a furry companion to your family?
Say hello to Nina, a 1-year-old brown brindle with white markings who is up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria!
Nina loves to entertain and run around with all her toys, especially plush toys, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.
“They’re her absolute favorite — she enjoys playing fetch, tug, and just slinging them around,” said Shackelford. “She can entertain herself with toys alone.”
This girl is a hoot and enjoys water! Splashing around in a kiddie pool is the highlight of her day.
Nina is still very young and would do well in a home where she can go on long walks or runs. She also has lovely house manners, so being left on her own for a few hours is no problem.
Nina would also do well in a home as the only pet — she wouldn’t want to share her pup cup with anyone!
Alexandria has seen an increase in neglected animal seizures over the last few years, including animals rescued from hoarding situations and one confiscated alligator.
This year, 11 animals have been legally seized due to animal cruelty/neglect investigations, versus two animals seized in 2022 and eight in 2021, according to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (4101 Eisenhower Avenue).
Most recently, on July 11, a man brought a cat into the animal shelter that he found in an apartment in the unit block of E. Linden Street near Hoofs Run. The Alexandria Police Department then responded to a call for service and found the home “filled with large amounts of trash and clutter and had a bad odor of feces throughout the residence,” according to a recently released search warrant affidavit.
“Officers on the scene reported they did not believe the residence was suitable for habitation,” according to the search warrant affidavit.
Three cats were taken from the home and AWLA, with help from the City Attorney’s office, was granted custody of all three cats by the General District Court on August 3. Police later found that the woman had been convicted of animal care violations for hoarding 36 cats in Henrico County, Georgia, according to the search warrant affidavit.
“The cats were very dirty with feces and urine embedded in their fur, but were otherwise in good nutritional condition,” said Tony Rankin, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s chief of animal services. “We do not plan on filing any charges at this time. The case info was forwarded to Adult Protective Services in the hopes that (the former owner) can receive assistance.”
The number of animal abuse calls for service remains steady, with 174 calls reported from Jan. 1 to July 31 this year, 175 calls for service for the same period in 2022, 138 calls for service in 2021 and 93 calls for service in 2020, according to AWLA.
Animal Services received 3,382 calls for service in 2022, 3,252 calls in 2021 and 2,218 calls in 2020. Rankin said that a vast majority of those calls are for wildlife complaints related to barking dogs, aggressive dogs and dog bites, while about 10% are for stray animal calls.
Who’s at the shelter now?
There are currently 55 animals available for adoption at the animal shelter, and 89 animals in the building (47 dogs, 30 cats, a ferret, six rabbits and five hamsters). Sometimes the shelter also has tropical birds.
Many of the animals are surrendered by owners who couldn’t take care of them.
“All the hamsters with Marvel names are surrenders,” Rankin said. “They started out with two and then they had 20 on their hands… So, Groot, Pepper Pots, Natasha, Valkrie, and Shuri were all surrenders.”
AWLA is open every day for adoptions from noon to 7 p.m.
Alright, but what about the alligator?
Last summer, a three-foot-long alligator named Daryl was brought into the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (4101 Eisenhower Avenue). Daryl had been living in a five gallon fish tank in a small apartment in the West End.
“The owner got it at a roadside place in Florida,” said Rankin. “The only reason we got it was because he made his girlfriend mad and she called him out for having an alligator in the apartment.”
The former owner lost an appeal for custody of Daryl with the Alexandria General District Court, and AWLA then worked with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources to find him a new home at a wildlife enter in Lexington, Virginia.
“He wanted his alligator back,” Rankin said. “But he lost his appeal.”
Image via Google Maps
Meet Champ, a 1-year-old dog up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria!
Full of energy with a silly and very much lovable personality, this young pup loves his playtime and will gallop around with toys, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.
“He can be a little shy meeting new people, but warms up quickly,” said Shackelford. “Once he does, he’s an affectionate dog who will make an excellent companion.”
Champ is very active and would love a family in need of a walking, running or hiking buddy. He’s up for any adventure!
This guy would also make a great buddy for another dog. He plays well with others — canine and human. You can see how well here!
Are you looking to add to your family?
Say hello to Colby, a 1-year-old pup who is available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
This guy is still young — a very happy puppy who is active and playful, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.
“He loves playing with toys and will chase them around the yard for as long as you’re willing to throw them,” said Shackelford. “He has some work to do on his leash manners, but he works for treats!”
Colby knows to take treats gently and how to sit.
As one energetic pup, Colby wouldn’t mind having another pup for a friend. Colby would make a wonderful furry companion and a great addition to any family!
Meet Gunther, a 3-year-old tricolored dog up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
This beautiful boy is looking for a family to shower with love.
Gunther was a bit shy at first, but is growing in confidence, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.
“Gunther loves to go on walks with our staff and volunteers — he loves to sniff, smell and sight see,” said Shackelford. “Gunther also enjoys a good game of fetch — not only will he chase it, he will bring it back to you, too.”
Do you love food? Well, so does Gunther and he is very food motivated.
This sweet dog will make a fantastic companion for any family!